Former Liverpool striker Ian St. John dies aged 82

St. John was a key member of the Liverpool team managed by Bill Shankly. He scored 118 goals in more than 400 games from 1961-71.

St. John was a key part of the Liverpool team managed by Bill Shankly, helping the Merseyside club earn promotion to the First Division in his first season.   -  LIVERPOOL FC

Former Liverpool and Scotland striker Ian St. John has died aged 82 following a long illness, the Premier League champions said on Tuesday.

St. John was a key part of the Liverpool team managed by Bill Shankly, helping the Merseyside club earn promotion to the First Division in his first season after joining for a club-record fee of 37,500 pounds ($52,000) from Motherwell.

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He scored 118 goals in more than 400 games for Liverpool from 1961-71.

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"It is with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that after a long illness we have lost a husband, father and grandfather," St John's family said in a statement.

"He passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside."

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